StarTech.com Releases Latest Generation High-Performance Thunderbolt™ 3 Docking Station with Broadest USB-C Compatibility Across Multiple PC Platforms and Mixed Computing Environments

Innovative plug-and-play docking station intelligently adapts for optimal dual monitor support with either Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C enabled Windows or MacBook Pro® laptops

Lockbourne, OH - July 9, 2019 - StarTech.com introduces a new era in Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB-C connectivity with the release of an innovative, easy to install and driverless Thunderbolt 3 docking station (NA/AU/NZ/JP SKU: TB3CDK2DP, UK/EU/Chile SKU: TB3CDK2DPUE). By significantly reducing USB-C port confusion, this new dock is one of the most user-friendly and versatile Thunderbolt 3 docking stations on the market, removing compatibility frustrations and offering the best plug-and-play experience right out of the box.

Prior to the launch of the new StarTech.com dock, users would often need to properly match a particular docking station to a laptop to take full advantage of its capabilities. Using a docking station not properly matched to the laptop can cause suboptimal performance such as only one of two monitors functioning or the dock not working at all, which could result in dissatisfied users, IT support, product returns, lost productivity or having to carry multiple different docking station SKUs for mixed computing environments.

Working closely with Intel on the product’s design, StarTech.com’s TB3CDK2DP Dual-4K Docking Station takes full advantage of the versatility of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C while minimizing connectivity confusion. This enables quick and easy out-of-the-box deployment of productivity enhancing workspaces without having to worry about a PC’s Type-C port compatibility and drivers. It has passed rigorous Thunderbolt certification for Mac® and Windows systems with Thunderbolt 3 ports while still maintaining compatibility with non-Thunderbolt PCs that have USB-C ports.

“This docking station was designed with both the IT Professional and user in mind by providing the highest performance while minimizing USB-C connectivity confusion and support,” says Nirav Gandhi, Vice President of Product Development at StarTech.com. “Using the latest Thunderbolt™ 3 technology from Intel along with its ease-of-use, this docking station intelligently adapts to Windows or Mac®, Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C laptops so users can focus on productivity instead of compatibility.”
“Solutions like StarTech.com’s Thunderbolt™ 3 docking station address the rigorous demands of corporate IT with ease of mass deployment, broad PC compatibility and the best user experience,” said Jason Ziller, General Manager of the Client Connectivity Division at Intel. “At 40 Gbps, the latest generation of Thunderbolt 3 PCs and peripherals offer unprecedented performance, compatibility and convenience through a single cable connection.”

StarTech.com’s TB3CDK2DP is a single docking solution that is perfect for diverse corporate environments, reducing IT support burdens and simplifying rollouts thanks to driverless installation and technology that allows the docking station to intelligently adapt performance output based on the PC’s capabilities. Even in bring your own device (BYOD) or hoteling/free address/hot desking environments, this docking station will provide a compatible and stress-free solution. It is ideal for corporate offices, shared workspaces, home offices, educational facilities and hotel business centers where a user can easily connect their Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C laptop.

Using the included Thunderbolt 3 cable, users with Thunderbolt 3 laptops have up to 40 Gbps available for the highest performance, including the ability to connect up to two uncompressed 4K 60Hz (UHD) displays with a single cable connection through the dock. Using the same Thunderbolt 3 cable, users with USB-C laptops can connect up to two 1920x1200 (WUXGA/HD) resolution monitors. In addition, the docking station can also charge a laptop through USB-PD power delivery and offer multiple peripheral connections (keyboard, mouse, storage, audio, etc.) and wired networking through the same single cable connection to a laptop, offering simplicity, convenience and ease-of-use.

Features of the Dual-4K Universal Docking Station - Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C (TB3CDK2DP):

  • Thunderbolt-certified for both Mac and Windows ensuring the best and most reliable out-of-the box user experience.
  • Thunderbolt 3 laptop connectivity with up to 40 Gbps bandwidth can support up to two uncompressed 4K 60Hz (3840x2160) monitors.
  • USB-C laptop with DisplayPort (DisplayPort Alternate Mode) supports up to two uncompressed WUXGA/HD 60Hz (1920x1200) monitors.
  • USB-PD power delivery with up to 60W available to charge a laptop through its supported Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C port.
  • A total of 5 USB ports (3x USB-A / 2x USB-C) with up to 10 Gbps data transfer speeds (USB 3.1 Gen 2) to connect additional USB devices to the dock.
  • Gigabit Ethernet for wired network and combo microphone/speaker audio jack for 3.5mm audio peripheral connectivity.
  • 0.7m Thunderbolt 3 cable included in box to connect both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C laptops to the docking station to simplify and accelerate setup for large corporate IT deployments.
  • Convenient security lock slot (compatible with StarTech.com LTLOCK).

The Dual-4K Docking Station - Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C (TB3CDK2DP) will be available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight and will be distributed by Ingram Micro, SYNNEX, Tech Data, D&H and ASI.

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